Investing in Virginia
September 24, 2012
The Danville Register & Bee reports, "The [Danville] city government knew the two-lane "Smurf Bridge" needed to be replaced, but the politics in Richmond made that more and more unlikely. There simply wasn't enough road and bridge construction dollars coming out of Richmond anymore -- and the state's political leadership couldn't agree on a plan to fix the problem... But it was the federal government -- not the state government -- and President Barack Obama's much-maligned stimulus bill that got Danville the bridge it needed. Former Rep. Tom Perriello voted for the stimulus bill and lobbied former Gov. Tim Kaine to steer part of Virginia's share of the stimulus money to Danville. Danville's newest bridge may be named for George Wilmot Robertson, but without the efforts of Obama, Kaine and Perriello in 2009, there would be a traffic jam on the old two-lane Smurf Bridge today."
Progressive Point: Investing in our schools, cops, bridges, and medical research keeps Virginia's economy running and is a down payment on our future. The President's home front investments have helped put Virginia back to work. Projects like rebuilding our decaying bridges put money in the pockets of working Virginians and more customers in our stores.
Mitt Romney, Bob McDonnell, and their conservative allies want to cut home front investments to give the richest few even more special tax breaks. The President's investments in Virginia are working to strengthen our economy. While there's more work to do, there's no question that we're doing better today than we were four years ago. Our leaders in Virginia need to learn the value in investing our communities as well.
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